This summer expect a city in bloom, abuzz with events and festivities all unique to London. We’ve hand-picked ten of the best summer attractions just for you. Discover why it’s all here at Amba Hotel Charing Cross this summer.
1. The Buckingham Palace Tour – Summer opening 22nd July – 1st October
Whilst the Queen spends her summer months at Windsor Castle you get the chance to take a privileged look through the keyhole of the country’s grandest home. You’ll be escorted around the State Rooms adorned with marble columns, sumptuous carpets, ornate candelabra and works of art. And this year sees the opening of a unique exhibition entitled ‘Royal Gifts’. Find out the wonderful things gifted to her majesty over the 65 years of her reign.
- Top Tip: The Queen arrives in the State Rooms through a hidden door from her private apartments. See if you can spot the door in the White Drawing Room!
2. Changing of the Guard – Friday – Wednesday in Summer
Revel in the pomp and ceremony of this famously British spectacle as the new guards replace the old at 11am sharp. Immaculately turned out, precisely timed this military drill is at the top of the London bucket list and it is absolutely free!
- Top tip: Arrive at least 30 mins early to take you place and get the best view.
3. Hampton Court Flower Show – 4th July – 9th July
If you missed the Chelsea Flower Show this year, then this event in the beautiful grounds of Hampton Court Palace is where you’ll make up for it. Find some green-fingered inspiration or make it a fun family day out at the largest flower show in the world. When you’re enjoying a Pimms in the garden, you’ll know that summer has finally arrived!
- Top tip: Trains run from London Waterloo to Hampton Court Station every 30 mins.
4. IPC World ParaAthletics 14th July – 22nd July
World Athletics Championships 4th August – 13th August
The biggest global sporting event of the year and the most exciting since the 2012 Olympics will be taking place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this summer. The last release of tickets have just gone on sale online – don’t miss the chance to take your place in the stands to watch the events.
- Top tip: To get there take the Central or Jubilee line tube to Stratford.
5. Covent Garden in Bloom – From 1st June and all summer
The oldest square in London and one of our favourite shopping spots has been transformed into a floral haven for the summer months with the shops and restaurants all blossoming with beautiful window displays and decorations. Perfect for summer ambling.
- Top Tip: Less than a 10 minute walk from Amba Hotel Charing Cross
6. Frieze Sculpture Exhibition – 5th July to 8th October.
Regent’s Park hosts this exciting free exhibition showcasing artwork from 23 world-famous artists. Roam through this lush north London Royal Park and discovering stunning sculptures along the way and soaking up the sunshine.
- Top Tip: Couple it with a trip to London’s zoo or perhaps as part of a cycling trip through the Royal Park pathways
7. Shakespearean Theatre at the Globe
London is a city of iconic theatre, and in the heart of Charing Cross you’re surrounded by the best Theatreland & Covent Garden has to show you. But for a completely different theatre experience, you can’t beat Shakespeare’s Globe. As the weather starts getting warmer, the open air theatre opens its doors and ushering in the crowds at this famous home of the Bard’s work.
This summer brings Much Ado about Nothing, Twelfth Night & King Lear.
- Top Tip: If you are happy to stand at get the full authentic Shakespearan experience, tickets are as little as £5
8. Nottinghill Carnival – 27th August to 28th August
London’s biggest street party takes place on UK August Bank Holiday every year. This year promises to be as vibrant and flamboyant as ever with steel bands and calypso music leading this colourful carnival parade.
- Top tip: It you can, find a spot by the judges stand – you will be sure to get every carnival groups’ best performance!
9. BBC Proms – 14th July – 9th September
The eight-week summer season of music was originally founded in 1895 and is still going strong. Daily orchestral classical music concerts will be held in the iconic Royal Albert Hall. Plus, not to be missed is Proms in the Park in London’s Hyde Park on Saturday 9th September.
- Top Tip: Pack a quintessentially British picnic hamper and head to the park early for the best grassy spot in the park.
10. Queen Elizabeth Hall – Rooftop Garden
Watch the summer sun set over the iconic landmarks of Westminster, the London Eye and the Southbank with a glass of Pimms in hand amongst the rooftop flowers. Alternatively, head for the headier heights of the Sky Garden of the Shard to gaze across London in the hazy sunshine. The hustle and bustle of the city is sometimes best viewed from the peace of a rooftop spot.
- Top Tip: Check the events going on at Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Southbank Centre whilst you are there.